Understanding the Social Implications of AI

Dissonance Event: 04-17-2019

Banner for the April 17, 2019 Dissonance event

"If we are going to augment humanity with the machine, we need to do it in a way that doesn’t bring along our mistakes of the past."
 — Gregory Simpson, Chief Technology Officer for Synchrony Financial

Through mobile phones, the Internet of Things, and web computing, every single day around the globe we create a quintillion bytes of data. Pairing that trove of data with enormous computational power, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making strides into every aspect of everyday living, from emails and targeted advertising, to healthcare and education. But with great power comes great responsibility. This Dissonance Event Series discussion takes a multidisciplinary look at the social implications of artificial intelligence and considers the promises and potential pitfalls we may look forward too. 

See also: Dissonance Series Hosts Panel on Artificial Intelligence (The Michigan Daily, 4/17/2019)

Panelists included:

  • Ella Atkins, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, School of Information; Fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, MIT
  • Ram Vasudevan, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Michael Wellman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering,College of Engineering (Moderator)

Dissonance presenters for the April 17, 2019 event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC).